American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Peep IX

Tuesday July 22, 2014


Published in the July 22, 2014 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

For private lessons, Kaz has the following special 3-for-1 offer to new students until August 31st, 2014:  for the first lesson, send him 10 of your recent games to receive a detailed commentary on 3 of those games.  Normally, the $40 lesson fee includes 1 game commentary.  And only Kaz’s lessons offer his students 25 custom-designed problems.  For details, please email Kaz at

This recent 2014 game between Iyama Yuta 9 dan (Black) with six titles and Yamashita Keigo 9 dan is the final match of the first Kisen Yushosha Senshuken-sen, which Kaz translates as, “all title players competing in one tournament.”  Kaz adds, “I’m not going to comment on their play – that would be very insulting to them.  Besides, they are fighting beyond clouds, so I cannot see what they are thinking.  I’m here to show you that it can be dangerous to follow some of the pros moves, which could result in common amateur mistakes.”  The techniques in this lesson are useful for players from 20 kyu to 6 dan.

A longtime contributor to the American Go E-Journal, former insei Kazunari Furuyama has returned with his popular EJ column, now in sgf files and re-named “Lessons with Kaz”.  Visit his newly improved website at, including the advice column